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Notes from the Field

Notes From the Field: Nikhita Hingorani '21

Nikhita Hingorani '21 interned for Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D-AL) during the 2018 Summer Term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

This summer, I had the incredible opportunity to intern for Congresswoman Terri Sewell, Representative of the 7th Congressional District of my home state of Alabama, in both her Washington, DC office and Montgomery district office.

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: CINDY ZHU '20

Cindy Zhu '20 interned at the US Securities and Exchange Commission during the 2018 fall term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

This fall, I interned at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission with the Student Honors Program in New York, New York. I worked under the Division of Enforcement in the Market Abuse Unit (MAU), which plays an essential role in the SEC’s goal to maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets for both Wall Street and Main Street. The Market Abuse Unit was created in 2010 as a platform to study traders, their decision-making, and how private information can flow between them. By hiring ex-traders, former FBI agents, and quantitative analysts, the MAU sought to harness the knowledge and experience of members of the industry to more effectively understand market manipulation. As a result, this “trader-based” approach has been instrumental in detecting illicit stock market activity.

Notes From the Field: John Kilcommons '19

John Kilcommons '19 interned at the Law Division within the Cook County Circuit Court during the 2018 summer term. The following is an excerpt from his internship report.

The Law Division within the Cook County Circuit Court is responsible for taking civil cases that claimed money damages exceeding $50,000 or more. Within my courtroom, my judge, the Honorable Lorna Propes, oversaw multiple trials and even more pre-trial settlement hearings. As an officer of the court, Judge Propes acted as a facilitator of justice according to the laws of Cook County. As a clerk within her court, I was responsible for the intake and production of legal documents spanning from pre-trial motions such as discovery, motions in limone, as well as post-trial motions such as appeals. I coordinated with many lawyers in redistributing many of these legal documents.

Notes From the Field: Solomon Bang '19

Solomon Bang '19 interned at the Ajou Institute of Unification (AIU) during the 2018 Summer Term. The following is an excerpt from his internship report.

The Ajou Institute of Unification (AIU) is a think-tank based in Suwon, South Korea studying policies regarding North Korean development cooperation, Korean bilateral trade, and Korean reunification. As a member of the six institutions elected by the Ministry of Unification for DPRK education and research, AIU’s research specializes in closing the economic disparity between the two Koreas in order to prepare the peninsula for prospective unification.

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: HANA DAI '20

Hana Dai '20 interned at the Brookings Institution during the 2018 fall term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

This fall, I interned at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. Brookings is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy organization that analyzes public policy issues and produces evidence-based policy recommendations. In particular, I focused on the intersection of political science and education at the Brown Center on Education Policy, a domestic issues division of Brookings.

As a research intern at the Brown Center on Education Policy, I worked on projects focusing on community college access, governance of education policy, teacher diversity, the gender wage gap in teaching, and the impact of the midterm election on education. More specifically, I created comprehensive literature reviews on potential research topics, an excel dataset focusing on education policy governance across states, and a policy-tracker focusing on the role of education policy in the midterm election.

Notes From the Field: Sam Gordon '19

Sam Gordon '19 interned at the New Hampshire Supreme Court with Justice James Bassett during the 2018 Summer Term. The following is an excerpt from his internship report.

The New Hampshire Supreme Court is the highest court in the state and its sole appellate court. Located it Concord, New Hampshire, it is made up of the Chief Justice and four Associate Justices appointed by the governor and Executive Council to serve during “good behavior” until retirement or the age of seventy. The duties of the Supreme Court include correcting errors in trial court proceedings, interpreting case law and statutes and the state and federal constitutions, as well as administration of the lower courts.

Notes From the Field: Makena Kauhane '19

Makena Kauhane'19 interned on Capitol Hill for the office of Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) during the 2018 Summer Term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

This summer, I had the opportunity to intern on Capitol Hill for the office of Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI). This internship allowed me to apply the knowledge I’ve developed through course work at Dartmouth to a number of legislative areas I had the opportunity to research. As a government major with a concentration in political theory, this internship was especially valuable as it offered me deeper insight into the inner workings of government structure and congressional procedure.

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: VICTORIA MEYER '20

Victoria Meyer '20 interned at the World Bank in the Development Impact Evaluation (DIME) group during the 2018 fall term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

This fall, I interned at the World Bank in the Development Impact Evaluation (DIME) group. According to DIME, the group generates high-quality and operationally relevant data and research to transform development policy, help reduce extreme poverty, and secure shared prosperity. It develops customized data and evidence ecosystems to produce actionable information and recommend specific policy pathways to maximize impact.

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: SARAH DRESCHER '20

Sarah Drescher '20 interned at the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York (USAO-SDNY) in the Public Corruption Unit (PCU) during the 2018 fall term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

This fall, I served as an intern at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (USAO-SDNY) in the Public Corruption Unit (PCU). The USAO-SDNY represents the U.S. government and prosecutes criminal and civil cases in Manhattan, the Bronx, and several other counties in southern New York. The USAO-SDNY is among the most well- regarded federal prosecutorial offices in the country in part because of the volume of wealth, industry, and business traffic that falls within its jurisdiction; this results in many high-level cases brought in this district. The PCU prosecutes criminal cases in which government officials have undertaken acts of corruption, including bribery and fraud.

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: OLIVIA FINE '20

Olivia Fine '20 interned for the Office of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand during the 2018 fall term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

This fall, I had the privilege of interning for the Office of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in Washington, D.C. Senator Gillibrand’s central office oversees a range of responsibilities from legislative duties, providing constituent services, managing press, to scheduling. As a legislative intern, the majority of my responsibilities were in the constituent services realm.

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